Last week, State Secretary Tone Skogen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Nepal to conduct political consultations and solutions-oriented discussions on the work of the UN on country level.
UN Reform on Country Level
Skogen had meetings with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, the UN Country Team and UN Women, among other UN agencies. Skogen underlined the importance of strong leadership from the Nepali government in following up on the work with the SDGs. SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions was a continuous area of dialogue. The current process of comprehensive local level restructuring in Nepal involves great opportunities for strengthening accountability and democracy. The meetings were valuable to the State Secretary, who got thoughts and reflections for continuous support and cooperation with the UN.
Assessing the UNs programs in the field
Skogen visited different projects supported by Norway and implemented by the UN. The WFPs Humanitarian Response Center showed the importance of disaster preparedness and challenges of working within the aid-development-sustainable peace nexus. Another highlight was the visit to the Citizen Awareness Center in Kavre, where the State Secretary interacted with local marginalized women. The women explained how they work to improve their knowledge about human rights, and discussed the importance of strengthening women’s political participation in the communities.
Gender Equality on the Agenda
The State Secretary attended the seminar Nordic Talk “Women in Transition: Participation in times of change”, where she spoke about different political tools to ensure gender equality in Norway, including quota schemes and the gender equality act. The seminar received great reviews and media coverage, as well as a good buzz in social media.
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